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In Their Own Words

May 25, 1742

Potential Settlers Visited Georgia

On this day, Georgia president William Stephens recorded in his journal on the arrival of two potential new residents who had come from North Carolina to see first hand the state of conditions in Georgia:

“By some one of the Boats that arrived yesterday from Carolina, there were two inhabitants and Planters in North Carolina, noted for their Skill and diligence in Cultivation of Lands, and had been settled in that Province, who having heard various and Contradictory Reports concerning this Colony, and the Fertility of Lands here, came out of Curiosity to see it; and having with them a Certificate from Govr. Johnston of their being honest men, and of good Understanding in Agriculture, they purposed to wait on the Genl. [Oglethorpe] and make some proposals to him, if they saw Encouragement, in obtaining good Land to Labour on that they had a Considerable Number of Families in their Neighbourhood who depended on their Judgement in what Report they should make, that would be ready to Join with them, and come to settle in Georgia… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 84-85.